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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Snake Oil Cure what "ales" you. Just like the miracle cure-alls of old, Professor Wagner’s Imperial Pilsner possesses no verifiable medicinal qualities whatsoever. And yet, taken internally, this golden elixir is guaranteed to cure what ails you. Snake Oil is a crisp, Medium-bodied lager with a complex maltiness and heavy hop presence – well-rounded and refreshing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Draft @ Arundel Mills location. Pours a reasonably pale, honey-orange color; copper-like appearance; off-white head with excellent, fine-bubbled lacing. Candy sugar, citrus bitterness, and some toasty malts in the aroma; slightly elusive nose, but a clear, clean hop character. Lively, almost sharp carbonation (and served quite cold). Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, resiny citrus and earthy hops upfront (minimal astringency); oranges and toasty malts and sticky sugar at the core; tasty and a lot more drinkable than many "imperial pilsners." Lengthy finish, showing zesty citrus and oranges; some dry hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (2830) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2013
On tap 5 oz. sample at DuClaw in Bowie, MD. Clear, yellow-gold with an off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of Italian bread, pilsener malt, grass, a clove-like spiciness that seems to show up in many of the beers from this brewpub (I.e., DuClaw's Bowie location). Taste of crackers, pilsener malt, that same clove-like spiciness, grass and floral hops with an aspirin-like bitterness. Medium/light body and high/medium carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2815) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Draft@ Belair. Medium sized white head, good retention and some stringy lace. Clear golden hued color. Nose is soft, grassy, light citrus and honeysuckle notes, lightly bready. Med/light bodied, surprisingly crisp and lightly oily on the palate with a nice carbonation. Clean malts, a touch toasty, bready, grainy with laid back spicey flowery hop flavors, apples and a nice bitterness to cap it all off. A tastey lager indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Draft at Bel Air. Pours a translucent golden with a white head. Aroma of pilsner malts, biscuit, and dried herbs. Nice sweet and firm pilsener malt backbone countered by leafy and spicy european hops bite that carries through to the clean finish. A hint of light honey in there as well. Perhaps a tad on the sweet side for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pretty good imperial pils, i remember it being one of the better beers of theirs i have had. Clean with not too much junk like their other offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Draft at the Mills - Clear sparkling gold, thin creamy white head. A true to style nose of spicy German hops and florals, with underlying grassy and sweet bready tones. Deep sazz hops flavors hit up front, but as it warmed, more florals and a light malty sweetness play out to keep a nice balance. Lighter side of medium bodied, sharp fizzy carbonation, clean, crisp, Sahara dry bitter finish. An extremely drinkable pils and worth a try if you’re in the area. Nice job Jim!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Draft @ Arundel Mills location. Pale golden color. The flavor was really sweet, bordering on cloying. Lots of fruit and honey type flavors with a mild grassy hop finish, some graininess. Just an okay kind of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
An Imperial pilsner is a style not often done, but damn am I glad that Duclaw did one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2013
On tap. Clear golden pour with a white head. Aroma is spicy hops, crackers, light malt and breadiness. Good smooth finish with some nice hop character. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1573) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Draft at Bowie location on 08/02/13. Came to the table a clear gold color with a thick off-white head. The lightly floral aroma featured a fair amount of grapefruits, zesty citrus rinds, a cereal graininess, light vanilla, a little funk, and a dash of spiciness. Went down thin to medium-bodied, crisp, and refreshing. The taste started with a sizable graininess and a touch of caramel. A lightly funky middle with touches of vanilla extract came next. Zesty citrus rinds, some grapefruits, and a splash of artificial lemon juice finished things off. Bitter and dry. There was a fair amount of warming alcohol throughout. Thirst-quenching and enjoyable.

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